Getting Started

Eligibility Considerations

Before beginning the financial aid process, you'll want to confirm your eligibility. Below is list of criteria you must meet in order to be eligible for need-based financial aid.

To be eligible for financial aid:

  • You must have been accepted to a degree-seeking program
  • You are enrolled at least half-time per semester as defined by the Office of the Registrar
  • You must not be in default on a Federal Stafford Loan or need to pay a federal grant overpayment
  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Action Item: Complete the FAFSA

Once you have confirmed your eligibility for financial aid, you can submit your application.

The good news is that if you have submitted your Admission application, you have already applied for a merit scholarship. We will discuss merit funding in further detail shortly, but our list of scholarships can be found here, for your reference.

In order to begin your application for need-based aid, all you have to do is complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To ensure prospective students receive their award information as early as possible, they should complete their need-based financial aid application concurrently with their Admission application. Ideally, we should receive an applicant's FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st and no later than the Admission deadline posted for their application plan

As a reminder, these deadlines are: 

  • Early Action I Deadline: November 1
  • Early Action II Deadline: December 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

Returning students may submit their financial aid application any time after October 1st, but should complete this step in the process no later than March 1st each year.

If you miss your deadline you can still apply, but it may cause delays in the process.

What Information Do I Need to Complete the FAFSA Accurately?

We recommend having the following handy to complete your FAFSA accurately:

  • Social Security number (be sure Admissions has been given this piece of information!)
  • W-2 forms and other records of earnings
  • Your Federal Income Tax Return (and that of your spouse, if you are married)
  • Your parents' Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent student)
  • Any foreign tax return or tax return from Puerto Rico
  • Untaxed income records — Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veteran's benefits records, etc.
  • Bank statements
  • Business and investment mortgage information; Business and farm records; and Stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Alien registration card, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • The Simmons University code: 00220800
Submitting Your FAFSA

You can complete your FAFSA by going to fafsa.ed.gov.

In order for Simmons to receive your FAFSA, certain pieces of your information must match between your FAFSA and our system. Please pay extra attention to your name, your date of birth, and your SSN. If we do not have this information on file or it does not match what we have in our system, we will never receive your FAFSA. Also, don't forget to add our school code (002208)!

FAFSAs must be signed electronically using a U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can apply for one here. Be sure to maintain a copy of this FSA ID for your records. You will need to use it to make changes to your FAFSA, or to file again in future years. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for an FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.

Once you have submitted your FAFSA, it will take a few days to process. You should receive an email directing you to your Student Aid Report (SAR). This is the summary of your FAFSA you should keep for your records.

Simmons should receive your FAFSA within seven to ten business days after it is submitted. As long as you provided a social security number with your application for admission, your FAFSA will be linked with your student file in our system and evaluated for further requirements.

Some students may be chosen by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for verification of the information they submitted on the FAFSA. If you are chosen for verification, you will be asked to submit some or all of the following information by May 1st:

  • Household information
  • Other income and asset information

Please do not submit additional information if we did not request it! However, if needed, all of our forms can be found on our Forms and Publications page.

Status Check!

At this point you should have submitted your FAFSA. When you're ready for more information, please proceed to the: Next Step: Planning